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Cool or Drool: MLB’s New Luxury Tax Levels Playing Field

Dan Bisno, Columnist
December 9, 2016
Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Sports fans always want to believe that their team has the same shot at winning as any other. While we all know “fairness” is not clear cut, perhaps no factor influences the outcomes of professional sports leagues more than the politics of player compensation. While most leagues have shifted toward...

Castro Stunted Cuban Baseball Growth

Jack Brewster, Columnist
December 2, 2016
Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, one of the most prominent and controversial leaders of the past century, died last Friday at the age of 90. For all the things Castro believed in that stood in opposition to the U.S., there was always one glaring irony — Castro loved our national pastime: baseball. The...

Cool or Drool: Romo’s Days in Dallas Numbered

Dan Bisno, Columnist
November 18, 2016
Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Editor’s Note: This article contains references to domestic violence. Many of the 32 teams in the NFL are struggling to fill the quarterback position. While teams like the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns cycle through their assortment of sub-par passers and NFL busts like Tim Tebow, who move...

Concussions Underscore Football’s Safety Issues

Jack Brewster, Columnist
November 11, 2016
Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. receives the snap, drops back, scans left and right and is immediately under pressure. Two Ohio State University defensive linemen are closing in fast. Armstrong abandons the pocket and bolts for an opening in the throng of gargantuan bodies before him. He gets...

Cool or Drool: 49ers Start Kaepernick Amidst Continued Protest

Dan Bisno, Columnist
November 4, 2016
Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

The San Francisco 49ers lost four games with quarterback Blaine Gabbert at the helm before they decided to return Colin Kaepernick — the player at the center of one of the biggest political demonstrations in the recent history of American sports — to his starting quarterback position. Just four...

From Curses to Recluses: World Series Features Captivating Characters

Jack Brewster, Columnist
October 28, 2016
Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Editor’s Note: The Oberlin Review’s policy is to avoid calling the Cleveland baseball team by its name due to its derogatory nature and racist caricature. Towards the end of the beloved baseball movie Field of Dreams, Terence Mann, played by actor James Earl Jones, delivers a poignant solilo...

Cool or Drool: Cavaliers Give Championship Ring to David Blatt

Dan Bisno, Columnist
September 23, 2016
Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Cleveland Cavaliers fans are still enjoying the high from the end of the city’s 52-year championship drought. But one crucial member of the championship run still cannot quite stomach the win: former Head Coach David Blatt. The Cavs, pretending that Blatt is not still fuming at the sight of anything...

America’s Pastime Will Never Forget Sept. 11

September 16, 2016
Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

It was 15 years ago last Sunday that New York City experienced an event so horrific it realized the impossible — it stopped time in the city that never sleeps. When two commercial airplanes, hijacked by terrorists, were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center’s iconic towers, New York City,...

Saying Farewell to Scully

September 2, 2016
Filed under Sports Column

Baseball fans first heard the soothing sound of sportscaster Vin Scully’s voice reverberating over the airwaves during the summer of 1950. That year, the United States’ population was less than half of what it is now. Hawaii and Alaska weren’t states. Television was black and white. And the Dodgers...

Cool or Drool: Space Jam II

Dan Bisno, Columnist
May 6, 2016
Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Film sequels are often met with criticism, because how can the sequel be any better than the original? Critics call rare, improved sequels such as The Godfather: Part II or The Dark Knight anomalies. Despite the knowledge that a Space Jam sequel can almost certainly not hold up to the original, it has...

The Beginner’s Guide to Surviving Commencement

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist
April 29, 2016
Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

As the year comes to a close, we are now officially entering the “final stretch.” It’s a glorious time during which long-harbored inhibi­tions are lowered, and we collectively indulge in a little debauchery. However, enjoying this well-deserved revelry does not necessarily have to take a noxious...

Cool or Drool: And Now, a Message from Our Sponsors

Dan Bisno, Columnist
April 22, 2016
Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Every year the NBA seemingly becomes more and more popular. With Kobe Bryant’s recent retirement and the Golden State Warriors breaking Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls’ 72–10 single-season win record, the U.S.’s attention has largely been consumed by basketball this spring. Either way, since...

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